- Associated Press - Wednesday, August 5, 2015

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) - Albino deer sightings are increasing in an area about 85 miles north of Billings, between Roundup and Melstone.

The Billings Gazette reports (https://bit.ly/1N9QscR) white deer have been reported in Musselshell County before, but Undersheriff Aaron Edwards says this is the first time the animals have been seen and photographed so often.

A 1989 statistic says the genetic abnormality occurs once in every half-million deer births, but a 2010 figure has that number at about one in every 20,000.

In 1997, the Montana Fish Wildlife and Parks made it illegal to hunt albino deer in a small portion of Golden Valley County at a landowner’s request. That restriction was lifted last year.

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This story has been corrected to show that killing albino deer was illegal in a small portion of Golden Valley County from 1997-2013.

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Information from: The Billings Gazette, https://www.billingsgazette.com


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